The first rule of Paint Club is always talk about paint club. Doing things in a group or along with others where you can share experiences just makes them easier. Even something that you do alone, link painting. I’m lazy. One of the reasons for this blog is to get myself to play more games. So if sharing about games gets me to play more, the same should work for painting.
So I’ve been talking about painting, a lot. However I never really got down to it. I’m subscribed to and active on 2 different painting threads on BGG. There’s also someone on the Timelessboard games WhatsApp group who has started painting and her latest pic on Sunday night inspired me to pick up my brushes.
Additionally, I recently found this:
It’s a YouTube channel by Rob Oren. He sounds like a really cool guy. He live streams his painting sessions and chats and while he is painting he is chatting with people and giving tips and answering questions. I can’t actually view the live events but I get the videos on YouTube when he uploads them. So this weekend I fired up a video and got myself painting. It was kind of like having someone else in the room. Listening to what they were doing and I could glance over to see how he was going.
One of the best take-aways from his video is that I don’t have to be perfect. I’m not out to win any competitions. I’m not looking for awards, or even for anyone’s approval. I’m painting for me. I used to get put off by my mistakes. I could paint to a standard that I enjoyed for hours, 1 mistake and I’d put it all aside and never touch it again.
I’m over that now. I’ve made mistakes, my work looks rough, there’s flash that I’ve missed. The results make me smile. It looks pretty good. Best of all my kids love it and cannot wait to play more games!
Although, I think I have forgotten how to paint. Dry brushing, thinning paints, and brush control, all the basics are just gone. It’s almost like I’m starting from scratch and my eyesight is not as good as it used to be, so I’m beyond 0 base. It’s fun though and relaxing. I had to force myself to stop at midnight ‘cos I still had a few chores to do before going to bed 😉
I’m definitely going to keep the momentum going now! I just need to find someplace locally that stocks Vallejo Paints. I don’t really like the bottles that the Citadel paints come in. I’ve got nothing against the paints themselves, good products; I just don’t like how you have to scoop the paint out with a brush.
So what have I done? Let’s see. It’s obviously Shadows of Brimstone. It’s pretty much all I have on the brain; it’s just such a fun game. I’ve started with the models that are the most numerous and, usually, appear the most.
Next up I’m going to paint the Hungry dead. They are the next batch of 12 models. I just think that I should base them up before priming them, that will help the basing materials stick to the base.